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Free Summer Concerts

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Musicians from around the world are coming to New York’s parks to perform. Rock, folk, jazz, hip hop, classical, world—no matter what your style is, there’s a performance for you.

Free Summer Concerts Events

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Aug17

2019 Jazz Festival

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Enjoy the great outdoors with two days of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment.
Free!

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Aug17

Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Igmar Thomas / Talib Kweli / Keyon Harrold & Special Guests In association with Moon31 / Future Sounds

at Marcus Garvey ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Hip-hop and jazz luminaries celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of the Harlem Cultural Festival
Free!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Aug18

2019 Jazz Festival

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Enjoy the great outdoors with two days of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment.
Free!

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Aug18

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Despers USA Steel Orchestra

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Despers is the first band to win ten New York Steel Band panorama titles, and the only in history to win six consecutive titles.
Free!

Aug18

Free Concerts Under the Trees in High Rock Park with Viva Voce Musical Ensemble – A Four Concert Series

at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Under the Trees in High Rock Park with Viva Voce Musical Ensemble – A Four Concert Series: August 4: Viva Voce Brass (with world premieres by Howard Fox, Michael…
Free!

Aug18

Southern Queens: Gospel Fest

at Sutphin Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park)Queens

4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join Council Member Adrienne Adams and NYC Parks for an evening of Gospel performances!
Free!

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Aug18

La Sonora Poncena / Jose "El Canario" Alberto / DJ Lucho

at Ford Amphitheater at Coney IslandBrooklyn

5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
New York’s longest running salsa band from Puerto Rico is joined by Dominican salsa vocalist
Free!

Aug18

Arts, Culture & Fun: City Stompers

at Beach 17th Street and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Aug18

Summer 2019 Katz Concert Series Featuring: The Barlett Contemporaries

at Cambria PlaygroundQueens

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Come out and enjoy the sounds of the Bartlett Contemporaries! Bartlett Contemporaries is a dynamic R&B dance band providing excellence in all genres of music. Bring a chair or a…
Free!

Aug18

The Wailers' Julian Junior Marvin / DJ Queen Majesty In Association with DoNYC

at Marcus Garvey ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Reggae icon Bob Marley's lead guitarist heads his former band with support from a local NYC reggae DJ
Free!

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Aug18

Selena for Sanctuary: Kali Uchis / Cuco/ Ambar Lucid / DJ Svani /Santuario House Band (with Music Direction by Adrian Quesada)

at Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Selena-themed concert supporting immigrants and celebrating community through music from a lineup of Latin artists
Free!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Aug21

Carnival of the Animals (Work-in-Progress excerpt) with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph/ Film - Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

at Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Internationally renowned ballerina performs an excerpt of a new work-in-progress followed by a screening of a documentary highlighting her path to reinvention
Free!

Aug21

Arts, Culture & Fun: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

at Hansborough Recreation CenterManhattan

6:00 p.m.9:15 p.m.
Help us celebrate the Charlier Parker Jazz Festival with a rooftop concert with Native Soul and screening of Keep On Keepin' On (2014).
Free!

Aug21

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Movie Screening

at Hansborough Recreation CenterManhattan

6:00 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Enjoy a tribute to jazz legend Clark Terry followed by a documentary about the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin.
Free!

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Aug22

Live at the Landing: Gabriel Guerrero & QUANTUM

at LIC Landing Events Space (in Hunter's Point South Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Led by Colombian pianist Gabriel Guerrero, QUANTUM is a musical force featuring Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and Massachusetts born Will Slater on bass.
Free!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Aug23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Drummers

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for a special concert featuring Taikoza. They have created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Aug23

Emerging Music Festival

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Music lovers pack the lawn to hear NYC's best up-and-coming bands, including indie rock, soul, and funk.
Free!

Aug23

Sunset on the Hudson

at Hudson River Park's Pier 45 This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Experience summer at its best—with free Friday night concerts set against beautiful sunsets in Hudson River Park. These New York artists will help start the weekend off right.
Free!

Aug23

Harlem 100: Mwenso and the Shakes / Brianna Thomas / Vuyo Sotashe / special guest Fred Wesley / Jazzmobile presents: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse

at Marcus Garvey ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Centennial celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians
Free!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Aug24

Blues BBQ Festival

at Hudson River Park's Pier 97Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Enjoy barbecue from local New York City favorites, and sip on beverages while you listen to one of our most exciting lineups ever!
Free!

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Aug24

Dee Dee Bridgewater / Ravi Coltrane / Quiana Lynell / Reclamation: Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger

at Marcus Garvey ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Jazz scion is joined by a cadre of talented female jazz artists women featuring a commissioned piece honoring Charlie Parker
Free!

Aug24

Emerging Music Festival

at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Music lovers pack the lawn to hear NYC's best up-and-coming bands, including indie rock, soul, and funk.
Free!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Aug25

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Lost Soul Found

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Lost Soul Found is a nine-piece band that plays the music of Tower of Power, Edgar Winter's White Trash, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and other R&B artists of the '60s and '70s.
Free!

Aug25

Carl Allen's Art Blakey Tribute / George Coleman Trio / Fred Hersch / Lakecia Benjamin

at Tompkins Square ParkManhattan

3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Showcase of modern jazz musicians paying tribute to legendary drummer, joined by a NEA Jazz Master, acclaimed pianist and fierce saxophonist
Free!

Aug25

Free Concerts Under the Trees in High Rock Park with Viva Voce Musical Ensemble – A Four Concert Series

at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Under the Trees in High Rock Park with Viva Voce Musical Ensemble – A Four Concert Series: August 4: Viva Voce Brass (with world premieres by Howard Fox, Michael…
Free!

Aug25

Summer 2019 Katz Concert Series Featuring: Dr. K's Motown Revue

at O'Donohue Park (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Cover Band Dr. K's Motown Revue will be performing hits from the Motown era! Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy the show! Sponsored by Borough President Melinda Katz in…
Free!

Aug25

La India / Cimafunk / DJ Sonni / DJ Lucho

at Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Latin Grammy winner and the pioneering princess of salsa plays to a hometown crowd with Cuban chart-topping dance funk artist
Free!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Aug26

New York City Opera - Carmen

at Bryant ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this hour-long presentation of highlights from Bizet’s beloved opera.
Free!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Aug30

Summer on the Hudson: Friday Freshen Up Musical Hour

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Get out to the park and kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour.
Free!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sep 1

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Johnny Rodriguez "Dream Team"

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music and dance, family-friendly entertainment, and more while admiring the lakeside views.
Free!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sep 4

Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival - Garden Party

at Lentol GardenBrooklyn

3:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Come enjoy an afternoon of "unplugged" music, poetry, and live performance as part of the 6th annual Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival
Free!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sep12

Jazz at Pier 84

at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Enjoy smooth tunes on the pier! Presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America
Free!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sep21

Arts, Culture & Fun: Strictly Tango

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy tango stories, dance demonstrations, and tango classes!
Free!

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